We had the good fortune of connecting with Ragnhild Bjoerge and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ragnhild, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
Since my job is to do stunts, I’d say risk taking is pretty much the essence of what I do. Though of course the stunts are calculated, carefully prepared and rehearsed. But even so there is a reason it’s hard to get an insurance company to cover people like us.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is stunts. It has been my passion even before I realized it could be a profession. What sets me apart form other stunt people I think is my ambition. I am working towards shooting my own action films. With a script in progress and another story cooking, I am aiming to design more exciting action films with women in the leading roles. I have gotten where I am today thanks to my family and friends, as well as Stunts In Motion where I train in LA. You can only get so far without some good support and people who never give up on you. But that said, I am also very stubborn and I always get back up if I get knocked down. This counts for both stunt injuries and when you feel life is too difficult one day and I ask myself why I am doing this – I always get back up. I have overcome many challenges. It has been everything from not getting job offers in a long time to injuries. I think it’s important to stay focused and look forward into the horizon. You will get there if you work hard and stay focused. Lesson one: don’t do a stunt you are not qualified to do! Learn how when it’s ok and smart to step back. There is no shame in it. Of course if you have said yes and on set realize that you can’t do it…well…then you’re pretty much screwed. So this is something I am very honest about. I only say yes to stunts i know I can deliver, and then deliver them well. You don’t want to be the person who costs the production a lot of money. The phone won’t ring again.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I love so many places in LA. But one favorite spot is the English pub on Venture Blvd called “The Fox and Hounds.” Great drinks and live bands. Of course another spot is the Walk of Fame. I know it is the most popular tourist place in LA together with the Hollywood sign, but I love walking down that street at night. Looking at all the lights, reading the names on the stars, checking out the night life. Another place is the Japanese bbq restaurant called Guy-Kaku. The best food in the city! I swear if you like healthy tasty food. I would also take them to hike around Hollywood Lake. A beautiful little trail where you can see all the way to DTLA and you also get a glimpse of the Hollywood sigh. Then there is Beachwood where Hollywoodland was. There are so many old houses and an old wall from that time. I love this street. Ends up right on Franklin and you can walk to Hollywood Blvd. Downtown Burbank is a cute place I definitely would take them to do some shopping. My favorite would be the studio tours of Warner Brothers and Universal Studios. So much history. And because I am a big fan of adrenalin and fun Six Flags would be a must. Then there is rollerblading down the old train tracks at Chandler Blvd. Last but not least a night in Korea Town doing karaoke.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Jack C. Huang and Yoshie Taniguchi at Stunts in Motion deserves the biggest shoutout. They have trained me, invested so many hours to get me where I am today. I am so thankful for all their kindness and encouragement. They made my dream come true.
Other: Stunts in Motion: https://seeiam.wixsite.com/stuntsinmotion